Like most Audis, the Q8 shares so much with different Volkswagen Group fashions, specifically the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. Our tester was the mid-degree Premium Plus mannequin. It is $four,000 greater than a base Q8 Premium however consists of features like 21-inch wheels, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, illuminated door sills, 4-zone local weather management, ventilated entrance seats and wi-fi charging. Different choices on this mannequin embrace $595 for the Daytona Gray paint, the $600 chilly climate package deal and the $2,750 driver help package deal. The latter provides adaptive cruise with visitors jam help, lively lane help and visitors signal recognition. All in, this Q8 will set you again $seventy nine,340.
Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: The Q8 is trendy and gives a big-sized tackle the ‘coupe’ crossover mashup phase. I prefer it. The six-cylinder is robust and succesful. The interior is a chic evolution of Audi’s upscale cabin remedy. It is quiet at freeway speeds and the chassis properly dampens Michigan’s cratered roads. The steering is mild but responsive once you need it. With a lot of creases, a outstanding grille and the looks of an off-street type entrance fascia (it is the angle), the Q8 has extra presence than its rivals from BMW and Mercedes. I used to be capable of jam three giant plastic tubs and an enormous cardboard field within the again, too, so there’s fewer compromises with Audi’s extra typical design. The Q8 looks like a winner for the 4 Rings.
Senior Editor, Inexperienced, John Beltz Snyder: That is a horny vehicle. Seeing it within the parking zone for the primary time, it seems to be athletic, imposing and aggressive but sharp and clear, particularly on this Daytona Grey. I’ve all the time thought the Q5 and Q7 look a bit pudgy, however not this. I needed to get in it as quickly as I noticed it.
I used to be greeted by a spacious, snug interior with Audi’s signature architectural styling. Additionally there are plenty of digital shows right here, together with the instrument panel, the infotainment touchscreen, and the HVAC management display. Whereas all of them look very good, I discovered the contact controls somewhat finicky. Typically I needed to press additional exhausting to get the touchscreen to acknowledge my enter. There was additionally slightly lag at different occasions. It was nowhere close to as irritating as within the I-Tempo, however it was sufficient to make me want for extra arduous buttons. I appreciated having some audio controls on the steering wheel, however there have been a few occasions I by accident modified the audio supply from there whereas steering round a nook.
The Q8 drives like a real Audi. It is calm once you need it to be, and jumps to life at your command. I particularly favored the tuning of the suspension within the Q8. It appeared almost unimaginable to catch the lively damping system unaware. It feels good and taut taking place the street, like a skier together with her knees bent prepared for the subsequent mogul. When these moguls got here, the Q8’s suspension was all the time learn to soak up the blow and hold the cabin nonetheless and quiet.
This seems like a glimpse into the longer term for Audi, and I can solely assist however marvel how the German model interprets this aesthetic and dynamics into its E-Tron lineup within the years forward. If Audi can proceed to do proper by shoppers with its clear styling and positive-tuned driving dynamics whereas interesting to these of us who crave electric energy, it must be a enjoyable experience.
Doing a @nalgene examine within the @Audi Q8. @therealautoblog pic.twitter.com/e9CpZWLRjk
— John Snyder (@jbeltzsnyder) March 6, 2019
Assistant Editor Zac Palmer: Even when the Audi A8 is technically the flagship of Audi’s lineup, the Q8 have to be much more essential for the model within the U.S. It displaces the Q7 as the costliest Audi SUV cash can purchase, and homes all the brand new know-how Audi is throwing at its automobiles.
One fear of mine with “coupe SUVs” that the Germans love a lot is all the time visibility. The Q8 feels prefer it commits to the slung-again physique fashion partway. Each the Mercedes and BMW rivals to this vehicle have a way more rounded and conventional form, whereas the Audi is all straight strains and angles. I think this seems to be quite a bit higher than the others that simply come off as bulbous and bloated comparatively. The unimaginable Audi taillights and full-width LED strip out again look proper at house in the dead of night, too. My largest disappointment are the black plastic inserts to simulate exhaust retailers within the rear bumper — they’re laughable, and Audi can certainly do higher.
I favored the Q8 far more than I assumed I might. Tremendous clean cruiser, and by some means Audi retains making its taillights look higher with every new mannequin. @therealautoblog pic.twitter.com/2q8wpRO2O2
— Zac Palmer (@zacpalmerr) March 12, 2019
I heaped reward on the Audi A6’s interior and infotainment system, and the Q8 looks like a carbon copy of that, however in taller SUV type. Briefly, it is fabulous and feels value each greenback of its costly asking price.
The driving expertise itself is comparatively ho-hum, although. There’s sufficient torque and energy, the forty eight-volt system supplies close to seamless beginning and stopping and the chassis strikes an excellent stability between isolation from the street and responsiveness. We’ll have to attend for the SQ8 to get something within the sporty realm, however even the traditional Q8 holds onto corners far longer than an enormous SUV has any proper to. I do have a slight quibble with the transmission. The ZF eight-velocity supplies close to unnoticeable shifts persistently, however once in a while there is a barely extra jarring transition between gears, unbecoming of this transmission’s standard smoothness. It is definitely no dealbreaker, however I used to be stunned to note the little hiccup in such an in any other case fluid machine.
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